List of Lawmakers Who Voted NO for House Bill 6616 Granting Special Powers to PRRD

A total of nine (9) members of the House of Representatives voted NO for House Bill 6616, granting emergency powers to the President, as it passed on third and final reading while a total of 284 congressmen/congresswomen voted YES to HB 6616.


The nine congressmen/congresswomen who voted are listed below:

Bordado -3rd District, Camarines Sur
Brosas - Gabriela Women's
Cabochan - Magdalo
Cullamat - Bayan Muna
Castro - ACT Teachers
Elago - Kabataan
Gaite - Bayan Muna
Lagman - 1st District, Albay
Zarate - Bayan Muna



The House of Representatives approved House Bill 6616, otherwise known as "Bayanihan to Heal As One Act," with 284 affirmative votes, 9 negative votes and no abstention.

The measure was approve on second and third readings within the same day without undergoing the normal three-day rule in-between approvals after Pres. Duterte certified the bill as urgent.

HB 6616 was authored by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Deputy Speakers Paolo Duterte and Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr., and House appropriations committee chair Eric Go Yap.

The bill seeks to adopt a national policy to address the public health emergency situation by mitigating Covid-19 transmission; mobilizing assistance in the provision of basic necessities to affected individuals; providing healthcare such as medical tests and treatments; and undertaking a program for recovery and rehabilitation, including a social amelioration program and provision of safety nets to all affected sectors.

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act shall authorize the President of the Republic to exercise powers necessary to carry out the proposed  national policy “for a limited period and subject to restrictions”, therefore allowing him to adopt and implement measures to minimize further COVID-19 transmission.



The President will be granted the power to direct the operation of any privately-owned hospitals and medical and health facilities, hotels and other similar establishments to house health workers or serve as quarantine areas or temporary medical facilities;

Similarly, public transportation can also be directed to ferry health workers to hospitals.

Pres. Duterte could allow to reprogram, , reallocate, and realign any appropriation in the 2020 national budget to fund measures to address and respond to the COVID-19 emergency, including social amelioration for affected communities, as well as recovery and rehabilitation of affected areas.

Government programs, projects, and activities in the 2019 and 2020 budgets can be discontinued to generate savings and augment allocations for the COVID-19 response.


Source: PNA

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